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Feeling Crabby

Famous Cannon Beach is about 30 miles down the 101 from Astoria. Which is funny, because in The Goonies, the kids ride their bikes to it. Either those kids were in great shape, or that Spielberg pulled one over on us all.

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach


I love it when clouds do this.



We camped on the beach and found a little boat rental place that provided all of the crabbing essentials. They also cleaned and steamed your catch for you. Sounded like a good deal to us.


Emily's Crabbing Lesson 101: You mean all I have to do is throw those rings into the water...

crabbing it up

... pull them out ten minutes later...

e voilà

e voilà?

my try

Let me try that.


Hmm, this is a little heavier than it looks.


Exact quote: "Waaaa!"

brown pelican

Maybe I should just stick to taking pictures of the wildlife.

brown pelican

Hey look, a brown pelican.

cleaning the crab

Back at the docks, it was time to get our crabs cooked and cleaned.

crab heart

This is the part where they stab the crab's heart and give it to you to eat.

cooked crab

They turn such a pretty color.

crab cakes

Crab cakes a la Terry (and Zatarains)

See Food Diet

I’m on a diet. Whenever I see food, I eat it.

Ahh, I crack myself up. But seriously, these days it does feel like we’re on a seafood diet. We can’t get this stuff this fresh where we live, so we have to take advantage of it while we’re here.

We were in Astoria when off in the distance, on a creaky old pier, we saw a sign for Rogue, maker of Dead Guy Ale (Terry’s all time favorite beer). Of course, we had to stop and grab a growler. When I asked where the bathroom was, I was directed to the back of this warehouse, only to discover that this is where the old Bumblebee Tuna factory was.

Old Factory

Old Buoys

Bumblebee Tuna

Bumblebee Tuna

All of this great nostalgia and old machinery was neat to see. We decided to seek out some fresh seafood of our own. We got to the market just in time to see them filleting the latest catch.




eating seafood by the fire

Eating our fresh catch seaside

On the Isle of Block

Imagine a magical island complete with friends, fresh seafood, sea breeze, ideal temps, clear water, great live music and bikes. Now wake up! You’re on Block Island!

Block Island is the first purely vacation-like thing we’ve done on our trip. We even left Kirbs behind, hopped on the ferry and stayed at the Narragansett Inn for the long weekend.

Cannot say enough about this island or group of people. Specifically, we need to thank Jenn & Todd for their generosity and their shared desire for all things fun! Every minute from the day we arrived to the day we left was genuinely perfect (it’s no surprise she’s a planner).

Block Island

One of many great beaches on Block Island

da beach

Biking, then hiking, to the beach


Spearfishing! Pete & Pat hunt out black fish.


A lovely place to sit.

colors of block island

Crystal clear water

rocks of block island

I want to scoop all of these colors up and take them home with me.

The Nag

Naraggansett Inn

Our pad

Our pad with Jenn & Todd

crabbing on block island

We try our hand at clamming. Thanks Pete & Pat for taking us!

caught a crab

Oops, caught a crab

clams from block

Our booty.

Lobster Linguini

Lobster Linguine with truffle oil... drooling!

the gang

Some of the gang at the 'Gansett

The Oar

The Oar

BI Art

Block Island art


Some kids in the harbor dumped these by our feet. Yikes!

Southeast Lighthouse

Southeast Lighthouse